Drexel (13-10) at College of Charleston (12-13)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 13, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: TD Arena (5,100) -- Charleston, South Carolina. Television: NBCSN. Home Record: Drexel 6-4, CofC 7-5. Away Record: Drexel 5-5, CofC 4-6. Neutral Record: Drexel 2-1, CofC 1-2. Conference Record: Drexel 5-5, CofC 4-6. Series Record: CofC leads, 2-0.
GAME NOTES: The Drexel Dragons head to TD Arena to take on the College of Charleston Cougars in a Colonial Athletic Association matchup.
Drexel has won two straight and three of its last four outings. Most recently, the Dragons notched a 78-60 home win over James Madison on Saturday. Beginning tonight, they'll play three of their next four on the road.
Charleston boasts a 4-6 conference mark in its first year as a CAA member after moving over from the Southern Conference. The Cougars have endured a bit of a rough patch of late with losses in four of their last five contests. They'll look to rebound from Saturday's 68-61 setback at Towson.
CofC owns a 2-0 lead in the all-time series with Drexel, although this marks the first meeting between these first-year conference rivals. They'll face each other again two weeks from now in Philadelphia.
Drexel's Chris Fouch knocked down five 3-pointers en route to a game-high 26 points in the win over James Madison, and 19 of those points came after halftime as the Dragons put together a second-half rally. Frantz Massenat chipped in with 16 points, while Rodney Williams recorded his first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Dragons, who shot a healthy 55 percent from the floor as a team. Defensively, Drexel seized the momentum by holding JMU without a field goal during a six-plus minute span early in the second half while it went on a 12-0 spurt. On the season, Fouch leads the team with 18.7 ppg, while Massenat (17.7 ppg) and Tavon Allen (12.5 ppg) are also averaging double figures.
For Charleston, Willis Hall leads the way with 12.4 points and 9.2 rebounds per tilt. Not only is Hall a competent rebounder, he can also step outside and hit the three (36-of-90; .400). Anthony Still, who leads the team with 44 3- pointers (.341) on the season, is second in scoring with 10.6 ppg. The Cougars went on the road this past weekend and took a hot Towson squad to overtime, but ultimately, they were unable to overcome a 31.9-percent shooting effort for the game. In overtime, CofC shot just 3-of-12 from the floor, including a 1-of-7 effort from the perimeter, while the Tigers attacked the rim and shot 3-of-3 from the floor and 9-of-10 at the foul line. Canyon Barry paced CofC with a team-high 14 points off the bench, and Hall tallied 13 points and eight boards in the loss.
The Cougars will have the homecourt advantage here, but they have been on a slide of late, while the Dragons have picked up their play. Expect both trends to continue here.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Drexel 65, College of Charleston 61
02/13 10:28:22 ET